Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. during the school year. Nursery care and Sunday School for children and youth happen simultaneously. Offerings vary from discussions of book and video resources to Bible study and special presentations of current topics and events. We strive to offer classes that both challenge and support you on your faith journey. Past offerings have included:
- Beyond the Dream: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Contemporary Christians
- Book studies on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, and Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About
- Courses on gender identity, aging, Christmas carols, understanding the Bible
- Visits from the wider community including a class on Respecting Indigenous Cultures, a visit from Rabbi Moti Rieber, discussion with transgender activist Stephanie Mott
Spring 2020 Adult Education Opportunities
***Adult Sunday School continues to meet through May 10th. We are meeting each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Learn more here.***
Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Adult Sunday School: Holy Envy
Sundays, Jan. 12 through Jan. 26th (3 weeks) at 9:30am
Led by Pastor Sue
Join us in January as we finish up our study of Holy Envy: Finding Faith in the God of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. Holy Envy is an exploration of Taylor’s very personal journey in exploring the world’s religions as she teaches a class on the faiths of the world. Even if you missed the first half of the book this past Fall, you are very welcome to join us in January. This is the type of class it's easy to jump into at any time.
Living Fully Expressed In Love: A Four-Week Conversation on Life and Worship
Sundays, Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 (4 weeks) at 9:30am
Led by Pastor Caela
What is worship? And what does it have to do with what happens from Monday through Saturday? Join us for this four-week series, led by Pastor Caela. Each week we will view a short film from TheWorkOfThePeople.com and share in a rich conversation together. From the publisher: “As we experience the divine wisdom blown through the incredible insight of Sara Miles, Ian Morgan Cron, Marlon Hall, Jonathan Brooks and Soong-Chan Rah, we’ll engage our intellect, our emotions, and our bodies through guided conversational sessions. There is no expectation for what we will learn, only the hope that we will encounter a new space for learning and growth, and see what happens when we stretch into it.” No need to do anything to prepare....just show up and let the Spirit lead. Learn more about the film series and watch the trailer here.
Lenten Adult Sunday School - The Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery: A Biblical Reflection
Sundays in March at 9:30am
Led by Lisa Tatonetti and Craig Weston
Many Americans grow up learning that this continent was “discovered” by Christopher Columbus. The concept of discovery, as if the land was empty prior to arrival and its indigenous inhabitants were somehow “less than” the explorers is, at its heart, racism and cultural superiority. Using resources prepared by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) of the United Church of Christ, we will use stories from our sacred texts as an entry point for discussion about the legacies of colonialism and genocide. We will examine the role of the Church in causing violence and theological foundations for repentance and reconciliation.
Adult Sunday School for the remainder of the Spring to be announced soon. Check back for more information.
Midweek Book Study
Tuesdays from 11:30am-1pm
Led by Sue Zschoche
In May we began reading Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is probably the most famous character in the Bible about whom the least is known. Bourgeault’s book seeks to address that, starting by look at what the Bible does say about her and how church tradition, art, and legend have added – and frequently distorted - the picture we have of Mary. In addition, Bourgeault introduces her readers to the The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and other lost gospels and demonstrates how these lost writings have altered our perspective of her. What has emerged in recent years is a serious re-evaluation of Mary Magdalene’s place among Christ’s followers and Bourgeault thoroughly examines that new perspective.
If you are new to our midweek class, please feel free to drop in this coming Tuesday, 28 April, when the group will meet just to drink coffee and eat chocolate together. The book is available at Amazon in either paperback or Kindle form. If you have trouble obtaining a book, please text or call Pastor Sue. You can e-mail the church office (email@example.com) if you need Sue's phone number. Please join us! THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY MEETING VIA ZOOM. CLICK FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO JOIN.